Production Starts on Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Trucks
With domestic natural gas production at an all-time high, the fuel is an increasingly attractive alternative to gasoline and diesel. All of the Detroit Three have an entry in the market, and GM kicked off production of its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models at its Fort Wayne, Indiana plant last week. Powered by the Vortec 6000 6.0-liter V-8 engines, the 2500 Silverado and Sierra HD models have a combined total range of 650 miles, the highest bi-fuel range of any truck from an original equipment manufacturer, according to GM claims.
The $11,000 bi-fuel package is available in most of the bed and cab configurations offered on the Silverado and Sierra 2500 HD, including extended and crew cabs, regular and long-bed, and two or four-wheel drive. The actual bi-fuel conversion is done by tier-one supplier Impco, after which the trucks are either delivered to the dealership, or to a third-party upfitter for other modifications.
All GM bi-fuel trucks carry the same 3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warrant and five-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty as other GM trucks. Following Chrysler’s announcement that the Ram 2500 CNG will be offered to retail as well as fleet customers, the bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra trucks will likewise be offered to both fleet and retail customers.
Source: General Motors